The Zanu-PF politburo is also expected to rubber-stamp a proposal by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to allow some senior officials such as secretary for administration Obert Mpofu and Simon Khaya Moyo to work full-time at the party, joining national commissar Engelbert Rugeje with full ministerial benefits.
Madzongwe is a close relative of Mugabe who was forced out of power in a bloodless military coup last November that propelled his half a century lieutenant Mnangagwa to power.
Mnangagwa and Mugabe seem to have made up after frosty relations that saw the 94 year-old throwing his weight behind opposition leader Nelson Chamisa who went on to controversially lose the presidential election in July.
Mnangagwa set the dates for the election of the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Senate President and their deputies for Tuesday this week following the swearing in of all parliamentarians elected on July 30 last week.
The opposition MDC Alliance will, according to secretary general Douglas Mwonzora, field candidates which, given the margins Zanu-PF has, will only be a token challenge for the snap polls.
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